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- Arkansas’ acquisition-minded regional and community banks saw strong organic profits and deposit growth in the second quarter of 2021 despite tightening margins caused by low interest rates and lagging loan demand.
- Amazon Inc., which has expanded in presence in Central Arkansas with the construction of two mammoth fulfillment centers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sept. 14 announced it plans to hike average wages to $18 per hour and hire thousands of part- and full-time workers across the U.S.
In 2021, amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his globe-trotting Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Preston have attracted nearly 2,000 new jobs to the state of Arkansas.
- The Department of the Interior announced Monday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities in recent history.
- Millions of U.S. and Arkansas families are forecasted to hit the roads during the upcoming, extended Labor Day weekend but concerns about weather, COVID-19, and rising inflation could cause some would-be vacationers to make last-minute changes.
- Entergy Corp. and utility crews from across the U.S. have begun the difficult and dangerous task of restoring power to a large swath of southern Louisiana after Hurricane Ida came ashore with 155 mile per hour winds off the coast of Louisiana on Sunday in Port Fourchon.
- Child custody rules in Arkansas dramatically changed after Act 604 of 2021 went into effect on July 28, nearly 90 days after the Arkansas General Assembly adjourned in late April with over 1,100 new laws on the books.
- Some 18 months after competition to find a cure for the COVID-19 began in earnest early 2020, the Food and Drug Administration has fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine to marketed and sold to the public.
- The regional banking subsidiary of BancorpSouth Corp. on Tuesday held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new four-story, 40,000 square-foot to house the company’s BXS Insurance affiliate and a full-service bank branch with commercial lending, wealth management and mortgage operations.
- For the past two and a half semesters, University of Arkansas at Little Rock students have attended class, taken exams and studied course content all while isolated in their dorm rooms and homes.